Prescription Drugs Rehab
Surviving an epidemic
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has officially declared prescription drug abuse an epidemic in the United States. More than 6 million Americans abuse prescription drugs and the number of prescription drug sales and deaths due to prescription drug overdose have quadrupled since 1999.
Prescription drug abuse is the use of a legal medication without a prescription, not in accordance with the way it was prescribed by the doctor or for the high that the drug produces. Despite reaching epidemic proportions, it is still widely believed that ‘legal’ drugs are safer than street drugs such as heroin and cocaine. Prescribed drugs even today carry less stigma, probably because they are prescribed by a doctor, are safe and effective when used in accordance with the prescription and are readily available in most households.
Sovereign Health Group is a residential rehabilitation treatment company for substance abuse, mental health disorders and dual diagnosis. Our expert staff provides our patients with cutting-edge treatment programming and a full continuum of therapeutic care monitored by various licensed health professionals.
A persisting problem
The most alarming fact is the lack of information people possess regarding the dangers associated with misuse of prescribed medication. Unfortunately, both parents and teens have deep-rooted misconceptions about prescribed drug abuse. Most teens think there is no danger because their parents are not as concerned about prescribed drugs as they are about street drugs. According to the survey by The Partnership of Drug-Free Kids, one in six parents believes prescription drugs to be safer than street drugs.
Another contributing factor that has led to the recent surge in the availability is the amount of prescriptions given out. According to the CDC, since 1999, the U.S. has seen a 300 percent increase in the sale of painkillers alone, contributing to the 15,000 deaths in 2013, a far cry from the 4,000 in 2008. It is no secret that the U.S. is one of the most heavily-medicated countries, trending towards having an even larger share of the population on prescription drugs in the future.
Contrarily, deaths from prescription drugs each year now surpass those from both heroin and cocaine combined. With over 51 percent of drug overdoses being the result of prescription drug abuse, prescription drug addiction treatment centers are presently in high demand.
Types of medications abused
- Central nervous system depressants – examples include benzodiazepines, barbiturates and hypnotics for sleeping and anxiety disorders. Overdose runs the risk of slowing one’s heart rate too much, resulting in heart attack or stroke as well as falling asleep while driving or operating heavy machinery.
- Central nervous system stimulants – examples are dextroamphetamine (Adderall) and methylphenidate (Ritalin) commonly used to treat ADHD, obesity and sleeping disorders. Overdose can lead to an elevated heart rate as well as fatigue from strain on the body, resulting in heart attack or stroke
- Painkillers or opioids – examples can be morphine, oxycodone, codeine and hydrocodone (Vicodin). Prescribed for pain reduction post-surgery, these are the most dangerous class, accounting for 75 percent of prescription drug overdoses, according to studies conducted by the CDC.
Treatment with Sovereign Health
Sovereign Health has premier drug rehab centers in San Clemente, Los Angeles, San Diego and Palm Springs as well as other locations in Arizona, Utah and Florida. We have experience in treating all forms of drug addictions, tailoring our treatment programs to each specific individual. Taking into account the fact that detox from some prescription medications such as anxiety drugs can lead to death, we ensure that our patients are carefully monitored and placed on whatever alternative medication is best for them.
We combine our behavioral treatments with pharmacological ones to ensure our patients’ best shot at recovery. Behavioral treatments help patients to stop using drugs by educating them with strategies to function without drugs, cope with cravings, avoid situations that could lead to drug use and handle a relapse should it occur. When delivered effectively, behavioral treatments, such as individual counseling, group or family counseling, contingency management and cognitive behavioral therapies, can assist patients in improving their personal relationships and their ability to function at work and in the community.
Some addictions, such as opioid addiction, can be treated with medications. These pharmacological treatments help counter the effects of the drug on the brain and behavior, and can be used to relieve withdrawal symptoms, help overcome drug cravings or treat an overdose.
Although a behavioral or pharmacological approach alone may suffice for treating some patients, research shows that a combined approach is possibly the best.
Detox from some prescription medications, such as anxiety drugs, runs the risk of death. This is why our patients are closely monitored and given the best alternative medicine most suited to their individual needs. Our treatment program begins with an initial evaluation by our team of highly-trained professionals who can dually diagnose any underlying conditions in addition to mental and behavioral health disorders. Sovereign Health offers its patients access to 12-step recovery programs and intensive therapy to help address their addiction and the underlying issues. Our aftercare program ensures that you receive continued support in your recovery and a successful re-integration into society.